A southern Kentucky community is mourning after the sudden death of a long time teacher.
Deborah Lamm died Wednesday after a short illness.
Students and teachers at Central Primary in Corbin are trying to find a way to cope with their loss.
Deborah Lamm died Wednesday at a Lexington hospital just days after she began feeling flu-like symptoms.
Those who knew her at the school and in the community are having trouble believing that she's gone.
It's a somber mood at Central Primary in Corbin.
“Sometimes you have more time. This was very sudden and we're still processing this,” Principal Amon Couch said
Deborah Lamm was teaching here just last Friday teaching kindergarten.
Teaching Kindergarten was something those who knew her say she was meant for.
“She didn't want to teach other grades, she'd say you’ve got to know five year olds and how five year olds work,” Principal Couch said
All those five year olds now make up a community that' has been saddened after losing a special teacher.
“She certainly had a gift of ministering to younger children to help them learn whether in the school system or here in our congregation,” Darren Gaddis said.
School administrators called parents last night to assure them Lamm's sickness was not contagious and give them a chance to talk to their children.
“Different children will deal differently with issues like this. It's best as parents to pay close attention,” Gaddis said.
Deborah Lamm's visitation will be Saturday at the Central Baptist Church in Corbin from one to three with the funeral following at three o'clock.
Lamm was 59 years old.